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MSECE Deadlines

Here are the key dates for the CMU-Africa admission campaign for the MSECE program:

October 15th: MSECE online applications open

January 1st: Application submission deadline for Early Admission to be considered for GRE and TOEFL/IELTS test fees payment by CMU-Africa

May 1st: Application submission deadline for complete application with GRE and TOEFL/IELTS test scores


CMU-Africa MSECE Admission Process for applicants from Africa

The MSECE Admission process is a three step process:

Step 1:  Online application and applicant’s interview

Applicant complete and submit the MSECE online application form

Step 2:  GRE and TOEFL/IETS Tests

Applicants who submitted a successful application form and wish to be considered for support for the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests are invited to CMU-Africa for an online DUOLINGO English test and an online Technical test. Applicants residing outside Rwanda will take those tests online under video monitoring, requiring a high bandwidth Internet connection.

Applicants who successfully complete these tests will be invited to take the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS tests.

CMU-Africa may also invite you to GRE/TOEFL preparation workshops in Kigali or Online.

Information on GRE and TOEFL/IETS Tests

Step 3: Admission decision

Admission is based upon the applicant's overall academic and research backgrounds, GRE and TOEFL scores, academic transcripts, statement of purpose, professional experience, and recommendation letters and not upon financial need. When admitted, an official admission letter is emailed to the applicant. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for financial aid.




Early Admission

Under the Early Admission plan, students can apply to the MSIT early before January 1st and get a decision early. Students who apply under this plan have a better chance of getting in the MSIT program than they would through the regular admission process. Those students, if they successfully complete step 1, will be able to take the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS tests ​at the test center of their choice.


Payment of GRE and TOEFL or IELTS test fees

Applicants who submit their application before January 1st and who successfully complete Step 1 will get support from CMU-Africa to enroll for those tests and CMU-Africa will pay the fees for the tests.

After January 1st, only applications with GRE and TOEFL or IELTS test scores and submitted before May 1st will be considered if more seats are available in the MSIT program. The applicants will be responsible for the payment of those test fees.


The MSECE program is available in 3 locations: CMU-Pittsburgh, CMU-Silicon Valley and CMU-Africa.

Applicants from Africa can apply to any location, but applying to the CMU-Africa location has the following benefits:

  • Tuition Costs. CMUs Master’s degree program tuition in the College of Engineering is $45,000 per year. However, through a combined financial aid package from CMU and the GoR, the cost to the students at CMU-R is $16,000.
  • Scholarships. Successful applicants from the East African Community (EAC) can benefit from a 50% scholarship offered by the Government of Rwanda, making the cost of the program $8,000 per year. Other scholarships are available to students outside EAC.
  • Fee Waiver. The $70 application fee is waived: Applicants should go ahead and fill out the application but should not make a final submission, which requires the fee. CMU-Africa will be able to see their application and review it without final submission.
  • Extended Deadline. The MSECE Admission process deadline is extended to May 1st (instead of December 15th)
  • Test Fee Assistance. MS ECE applications received before January 1st may qualify for assistance with their test fees from CMU-R. The deadline for completed applications (with test scores) is May 1st.



For information about the application process, send an email to the ECE Admissions Office.


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